Setting a repo through tlmgr gui (pretest)

Vladimir Lomov lomov.vl at
Sat Mar 9 13:45:34 CET 2019

** Siep Kroonenberg [2019-03-09 09:18:52 +0100]:

> On Sat, Mar 09, 2019 at 10:24:11AM +0800, Vladimir Lomov wrote:
>> Hello,
>> ** Siep Kroonenberg [2019-03-08 11:18:42 +0100]:
>>> On Fri, Mar 08, 2019 at 09:59:51AM +0000, Lars Madsen wrote:
>>>> In addition, isn't the new tcl interface that is available for
>>>> Windows and Mac, available for Linux users?
>>> The Perl/Tk GUI is an extension of the command-line tlmgr. However,
>>> the new GUIs, tlcockpit (Java) and tlshell (Tcl/Tk) are separate
>>> programs: the GUI starts up first, and starts tlmgr as back end.
>> I'm sorry to hijack the thread but while translating messages to Russian
>> I faced with two places with "backend"s:
>>   "Error while reading from Perl backend"
>> and
>>   "Unexpected closed backend"
>> If I understand the above paragraph correctly, the last one means the
>> tlmgr as backend. The first message seems to be crystal clear: the tlmgr
>> as it is written in Perl. Both messages appear in install-gui so they
>> might be shown only during installation. Even if I'm right about the
>> meaning of second message, both messages look too be a bit, imho,
>> techinal. If they are tightly related with tlmgr may be just say about
>> that?
> That paragraph was about the tlmgr GUIs; the backend of the tcl
> installer is the perl script install-tl.

Ok, got it.

>> IMHO, it's too involved, the simple 'backend' (with some explanation
>> about 'backend's in view of 'install-tl') will be good.
> These backend error messages are about something that is not
> supposed to happen, not about user error. At least, it is a message
> that users can quote to us.

Then shouldn't they be untranslated? Otherwise someone has to look into
corresponding *.po file and to find original message. Also, it is unclear
should user report about occured error to "upstream" (TeX Live
developers) or not.

> -- 
> Siep Kroonenberg

WBR, Vladimir Lomov

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